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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Aug
29

DATA: DEEP DIVE

Bonhoeffer says in his ETHICS: “We cannot experience the reality of God without the reality of the world; nor the reality of the world without the reality of God.” Statistical data is one metric for revealing the America’s gun reality. Here are some…

Aug
22

THE VIOLENT LINK: CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM AND GVP

AS A CHRISTIAN, I REJECT CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM. It is a pox on Christianity, on the foundational ethics of our nation, and on Christ’s witness in the world. CN has been used to subjugate countries, justify uncontrolled access to guns, justify salvery, justify racism,…

Aug
18

A2A: AWARENESS TO ACTION

ENGAGE is dedicated to creating a more gun safe society. Our mission is: To MEDITATE on, EDUCATE about, and ADVOCATE for gun violence prevention in the nonviolent Spirit of Jesus Christ. Towards this end, we sponsor the ENGAGE website (engageelca.org) which has commentary…

Aug
9

JUDGING THE ACT

Last June 2022, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The SCA was the largest GVP bill passed in nearly 30 years. Its passage must be celebrated. Lives will be saved. What is the substance? ENHANCED BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR BUYERS UNDER 21.…

Aug
2

HAPPY?

Are we as Christians and Americans HAPPY with the level of gun violence? The devotion from Luther Seminary this morning quoted Psalm 33:12-22. Verse 12 reads: “Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people God has chosen as God’s heritage.”…

Jul
21

Do More Guns Keep Us Safer?

I would argue NO! The United States has nearly 400 million guns in the hands and homes of our people. The consequence of this avalanche of weapons is a hemorrhage of gun violence. DATA: (From various sources: Protect Minnesota, Brady, Giffords, The Trace,…

Jul
3

FREEDOM!

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery . . . . the only thing that counts is faith working through love.” Galatians 5:1, 6b Yesterday, A female new commentator listed…

Apr
11

TODAY WAS A BIG DEAL!

Such were the words of Fred Guttenburg whose daughter was shot and killed at Parkland. He was responding to President Biden’s announcing Executive Action to regulate Ghost Guns. Ghost Guns (GG) are a growing menace to safety. GG can be purchased online with…

Dec
22

A PROTESTANT ETHIC FOR GVP

What is a Biblical ethic for gun violence prevention (GVP)? We may begin in Genesis 1-2 with the two creation accounts. God created the earth and all life, and it was “good”. “Good” is the Will of God, meaning the Garden of Eden…

Dec
2

LITTLE DID WE KNOW

LITTLE DID WE KNOW, that as the three of us were talking about how our Catholic and Lutheran faiths energize our commitment to gun violence prevention, as we were drinking coffee and enjoying delicious carrot muffins, as we were talking about he importance…